Operating since 2012, Theatre Space North East is an artist-led, award-winning Community Interest Company (CIC status gained 2016). We produce high quality, accessible, midscale theatre for non-traditional spaces in Sunderland and the wider North East region, as well as interactive, audience choice adventures in these spaces, in theatres and online. All audience feedback is from surveys collected post event.
MARCH ’20 The Butcher’s Tale – Gateshead Archive
A piece of interactive historic theatre, commissioned by Gateshead Archive and performed earlier this year. The play told the story of a historic crime, the Windy Nook Tragedy. The story was told from the perspective of a survivor of this crime, imagining what he might have done differently. As an additional hook, the audience collectively decided this character’s actions at key moments, allowing us to explore the impact of the crime on the entire community.
Audience feedback: It was so unique and cleverly constructed- I’m a regular theatre goer and this was one of the best shows I’ve seen in years!
DEC ’19 A Christmas Carol on Tour – North East and Yorkshire
Developing and re staging our 2018 production we toured various historical venues, including Alnwick Castle, Scarborough Town Hall, Durham Town Hall, York Merchant Taylor’s Hall and other venues. This tour was one of the first to feature a female Scrooge in the world, and received excellent reviews.
Audience Feedback:Went to see A Christmas Carol last night in York – absolutely brilliant.
A slightly different take on the story but it was done with sensitivity, humour and great skill. A fine piece of acting by all and as my husband said, we are better off for having seen it.Thank you.
NOV ’19 The Vesta Tilly Tour – For Sunderland Council and Heritage Quarter.
An interactive history tour of the newly designated Heritage Quarter in Sunderland City centre. We recreated Vesta Tilly to appear in the heritage tours to bring the theatrical history of the city to life in public spaces, includes storytelling, performance and song. The work was created using archive research to help us bring historic stories to life.
Audience feedback: She really brought the story to life – i never knew about the old theatre. I do now!
JULY/AUG ’19 Plays in the Parks – In house production.
After taking a break last year, the much-loved Plays in the Parks will return to Roker, Mowbray and Barnes Park this year. These site responsive, promenade performances take in the beautiful parks while telling much loved stories to a socially and culturally diverse audience.
Audience feedback: The way in which the story was told. It was easy to follow and each scene was well thought out. The energy and youthfulness of the cast also shone through making you want to listen and watch more. Henry delivering the famous St Crispins speech, the way the light was hitting the actors faces whilst he gave such an up close and powerful rendition of it was truly moving.
DEC ’18 – A Christmas Carol @ Newcastle Castle – In house production
A co-production with 4M CIC. An Arts Council England Funded piece of new writing, using physical theatre, storytelling and puppetry to bring the classic Dickens tale to life in the stunning setting of Newcastle’s Castle Keep’s Great Hall.
Audience feedback: My wife, son and I absolutely loved this production. The venue of Castle Keep was perfect for creating the ideal ambience and atmosphere that fitted Dickens classic tale like a glove. The acting was superb with a small cast playing multiple roles and moving from character to character effortlessly and clearly. The puppets were marvellous and it is testament to the skill of the actors that they showed so much emotion despite being rudimentary in design. The use of set, space and costumes was excellent. This production was done with such integrity and sincerity that it stands proudly alongside other classic versions such as Alistair Sim’s Scrooge. I loved it so much I emailed the company, something I’ve never done before. This company is highly recommend.
OCT ’18 – View from the Gods – For Sunderland Empire
This was an interactive murder mystery combining a full back stage tour of the Sunderland Empire as well as a three course meal. The event was inspired by historic acts which had visited the venue as well as the urban legends and ghost stories.
DEC ’18 and DEC ’17 – Enchanted Parks – For Newcastle Gateshead Initiative
Providing interactive characters for Enchanted Parks, 2017 and 2018, for Newcastle Gateshead initiative, which brought the light based art installations to life. These characters told the story of the event in the non-linear, interactive approach while supporting the needs of the exhibits and the safety of the audience.
JULY-AUG ’14-’17. Plays in the Parks – In house production
Promenade, site-responsive Shakespearean performances using music, combat, dance and movement, alongside original scripts by local writers. These performances transferred to Alnwick Castle in 2016 and 2017. The summer season has been nominated for several awards and won Performance of the year at the WOW 24/7 awards 2015.
Audience feedback: Once again Theatre Space NE have provided a top-notch series of performances for people and families of all ages. Combining culture with the outdoors, introducing young people to Shakespeare in a very entertaining and accessible way. I always look forward to their summer programme and make an effort to attend.
SEPT – DEC ’16 – Mackem Craic – Cultural Spring and #Fourteen
A Community Radio Award winning audio drama project, that involved working with local students and community groups to create a staged radio ‘phone in’ show. The project incorporated training in writing, performing and editing for radio.
SEPT ’15 – Strong for War, for Helping Tender – Sunderland City Council
A specially commissioned piece of new writing to celebrate the achievement of Capt. George Maling – Sunderland’s only WW1 Victoria Cross Winner. The piece told the story of his acts of bravery, based on letters and diaries provided by his family. It was a promenade, outdoor piece commissioned by Sunderland Council
SEPT 15 Minutes of Fame. – Sunderland 2021
A specially commissioned piece of new writing which celebrated the diversity of the cultural people and work of Sunderland in a quick paced, comedic way using 4 actors to play 35 characters. This was commissioned by Sunderland 2021 – to support the launch of the ‘City of Culture 2021’ bid.
JUNE ’15 – Grafters Cables – Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and The Community Trust
Working with local writer James Whitman and Spray-can artist Frank Styles we staged a promenade production around the streets of Hendon, bringing to life the historically inspired images painted on cable ends and novella which linked them all together. This project was nominated for a Journal Culture Award